Isshuukan Friends (One Week Friends)
The story revolves around Yuki, a boy who wants to become friends with his classmate and desk neighbour Kaori. However, she gently declines his friendship, saying, “But, my... Memories of my friends disappear in a week...” Even so, Yuki wants to become her friend, and so the two become friends over and over again as the weeks pass.
Whilst I'm pretty sure this is not a unique plot (there are probably a lot of other adaptations), I really like the gentle colour palate that has been used and the art style. At least for once, we're able to see an anime that does not involve people working part-time jobs at cafés, half-hearted/too sappy romance, robots (mechs), or worse, fan-service. From what I've seen of it (which is just the trailer), I feel that it's going to be a really cute but deep, inspirational and uplifting anime. Looking forward to watching it!
Kamigami no Asobi ~Ludere deorum~
The story revolves around heroine Yui Kusanagi, who is ordered by Zeus, a god and the headmaster of a school he created, to teach the meaning of love to young and handsome gods. The reason he has for doing this is to cancel the negative effects of the weakening bond between the world of the divine and the world of the humans.
Look, when I first heard about this on an anime forum, my face was pretty much like this:
It's rare to see an anime be entirely based on gods these days: like I mean, you have animes like Campione! but from what I read online, heavy fan-service pretty much dominated that series. Not the mythology. There was also one about tarot cards too, La Storia della Arcana Famiglia (I swear it's an Japanese anime, not some Italian series) but that's different from mythology.
Though, is it just mere coincidence that both the main protagonist of both Campione! and Kamigami no Asobi share the same last name: Kusanagi?
Apart from the mythology, I think that this series is going to be pretty similar to other reverse harems such as Uta no Prince-sama. And well, I am still trying to overcome my slight annoyance over some of the gods long hairstyle (because I personally think they'll look more bishie-like with shorter hair), but all in all, still really excited and looking forward to watch this!
Kiniro no Corda: Blue♪Sky
Soon after transferring to Seisou Gakuin, Kanade finds the orchestra club in the middle of preparing for the National concur. Teaming up with the other members, she will improve her skills, meet new rivals and create memories for what will become an unforgettable summer...
Honestly, I only picked this up because I watched all the previous seasons of Kiniro Corda, otherwise know as La Corda D'oro. And whilst I didn't really quite like that series a lot either (though it did make me question why I was even bothering with taking music exams) I guess I'm just going to see how these producers once again play out relatively the same storyline but with different characters. Because although this series is supposedly connected to all the previous Kiniro Corda series, they've decided to change the entire character cast, which I find annoying.
From the outset, it doesn't really seem to be a series that'll "pack a punch", but there's not really much harm in watching it. Maybe.
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
In a world where magic is not a fairy tale but has existed for one hundred years siblings Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba prepare to begin their studies at the elite Private Magic University Affiliated High School (Magic High School for short). Entering on different levels of the academic spectrum the two turn the once peaceful campus into a chaotic one.
Personally, I think that this anime will turn out to be either an extreme hit or outlive it's attractiveness before the series can finish. See, whilst the plot is very unoriginal, there is definitely some potential that could be found within this series if the producers manage to pull off an interesting and unique plot-line or plot-twist. However, if by chance the producers don't manage to successfully execute this, it could also result in the entire series falling flat, and simply becoming on the many "Magical Academy" animes that are currently over flooding the anime section.
Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii
Nike, the fourth princess of the Rain Dukedom and one who holds the power to call forth the rain, reluctantly travels to the Sun Kingdom to marry Sun King Livius for her country. She soon discovers that the King, who conquered the world in only three years after his ascendance to the throne, is still a child! Furthermore, for trivial reasons, he has demanded that Nike call forth the rain…!?
Try as I might, I can't help but question why they decided to name the main protagonist Nike- it sounds weird even in a Japanese context!
However, name prejudice aside, I was really looking forward to this series, because it seems like it's going to be one of the few that will actually end on a romantic note that's conclusive and not implied. Though, I do confess that I was maybe, sort of, very much so disappointed that the male love interest in question is much, much younger than the female protagonist. And shorter too (by a lot). I know it's not good to be prejudiced about trivial things such as age, but it's just difficult for me to imagine them as budding lovers: visually, they just look more like "mentor and student".